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Microsoft’s Top Compensated Execs In 2022; Satya Nadella Leads With $55M

Wade Tyler Millward

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s total compensation was $54.9 million for the fiscal year, about 10 percent more year over year.

Brad Smith

Brad Smith, Microsoft‘s vice chairman and president, saw a total pay package of $23.4 million, an increase of about 14 percent year over year.

More value in his stock awards and a higher base salary attributed to the larger pay package.

Smith received a base pay of $993,333, about 5 percent – or $50,000 more – than in 2021.

His stock awards were valued at $18.8 million, a 24 percent increase year over year, according to Microsoft.

And he received $3.6 million in non-equity incentive plan compensation, about 17 percent less than the prior year.

Smith received $110,277 in “other compensation,” in line with what he received the year prior.

Other compensation included $10,250 in retirement plan contributions and 401(k) plan matching, plus $100,000 in charitable gifts and matching charitable contributions, according to Microsoft.

Among Smith’s accomplishments for the year, according to the compensation committee, was the launch of “a new initiative to combat disinformation and foreign cyber influence operations, and led the response to the war in Ukraine to defend against cybersecurity attacks.”

Smith “supported important customer privacy protections in the new Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework” and enhanced how Microsoft handles legal requests for customer data, providing more “support for individuals concerned about their rights,” according to Microsoft.

His work in delivering more cybersecurity education and training resulted in reaching “over 30 million people in 249 countries and territories, and specifically for fiscal year 2022, 5.8 million people were trained for jobs and livelihood opportunities in the digital economy,” according to Mcirosoft.

Smith “released the Responsible AI Standard, a set of company-wide rules that help to ensure we are developing and deploying AI technology consistent with our AI principles of fairness, reliability & safety, privacy & security, inclusiveness, transparency, and accountability,” and he “Joined the Carbon Call to lead the efforts to develop reliable and interoperable carbon accounting methodology standards, while making strong progress towards environmental sustainability goals, including reducing scope 1 and 2 emissions by 17 percent while Microsoft’s revenue grew ~18%,” according to Microsoft.

Wade Tyler Millward

Wade Tyler Millward is an associate editor covering cloud computing and the channel partner programs of Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat, Oracle, Salesforce, Citrix and other cloud vendors. He can be reached at

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